An enchanting night for patients and supporters at our annual Christmas Carol Concert

On Tuesday 11 December, over 700 guests attended the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Christmas Carol Concert at the beautiful Victorian setting of St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge.

The carol concert, which takes place annually, raised £225,000 this year to help fund vital imaging equipment at the hospital.

Great Ormond Street Hospital patients took centre stage at the concert, delivering readings between carols sung by The Gallery Choir of Westminster Cathedral Choir School.

Sponsored by Trailfinders and in its thirteenth year, the concert also featured a performance by violinist, Tansy Bennett. Special guest readers at the concert included Lord Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, as well as actors Jonathan Pryce, Penelope Wilton and John Standing.

Professor David Goldblatt, Immunology Consultant from Great Ormond Street Hospital also spoke and patients Lottie and Louis, did readings at the concert. 

“I really loved reading at the Carol Concert. I felt very grown up and special. I was a bit worried at first but I knew I’d be ok. The party afterwards was really cool, I liked the sweets and lemonade!”

Seven year old Louis, a patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Christmas Carol Concert 2012 Reception
The reception

Exclusive champagne reception

After the concert, guests had the opportunity to join us for a sparkling reception of champagne and canapes within the charming surroundings of The Berkeley Hotel. Guests bid on a host of special prizes in our silent auction. 

For children, there were special canapes and magical entertainment, along with a chance to decorate their own ice cream sundaes.

Look Inside appeal

This year, the carol concert was supporting an integral part of the day-to-day life at Great Ormond Street Hospital – the imaging equipment. The Look Inside initiative has been started to raise money that will go towards some of the equipment the hospital badly needs; for imaging and screening to improve diagnosis, to enable the hospital to monitor progress, and to make critical decisions about treatment.

Different imaging equipment is used by clinicians across the hospital to look inside the body without opening it up. Imaging is needed to treat a wide range of conditions including heart disease, brain tumours, cancers, bone diseases, cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases, kidney stones and other kidney conditions.